A Renaissance dream
Set on the borders of the idyllic landscape of the Eugenean hills south west of Padua, this magnificent villa dating back to the 1500's was once the hunting lodge of an aristocratic family. It was fully restored in 2008, the completely revisited interior decoration is the work of Paris based interior designer.
The villa, accomplished in 1568, was designed and decorated by the architect and painter Dario Varotari, a pupil of Veronese. Originally planned as a hunting lodge it was also used as a theatre because of its scenic qualities. Lately it starred as Portia´s house in the 2004 movie version of Shakespeares the "Merchant of Venice" with Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. Today the villa belongs to a direct descendant of the same family, who meticulously restored this gem of Italian Renaissance architecure.
Stone lions guard the tall villa gates, the drive winds up through the vineyards of a renowned wine estate. The estate comprises the large La Veneziana Villa, furthermore a smaller medieval citadel with the cellars and the administrative centre of the vineyard.
The villa is truly unique because of its perfectly square shape with 2 storeys of loggias on all fours sides of the building. 4 rooms on the ground floor and identical 4 rooms on the first floor open up onto the loggias. Each room is decorated with exquisit frescoes. There is for instance the so-called "room of the villas" which depicts all the villas owned by the family.
Adjacent to the villa is an 18 hole golf course and a top restaurant, dependance to the Michelin 3 star Le Calandre run by the same family. You will also find a olympic sized pool at the Golf Club. Furthermore La Veneziana has a private Jacuzzi-pool (see photo gallery).
Activities & Places of interest
The main cultural landmarks of northern Italy La Veneziana`s strategic location makes easy day trips to Padua, Venice, Vicenza, Verona, Ferrara, lake Garda, Este, Montagnana, Monselice, or Arqua`Petrarca. Each of these towns offers highly interesting sight-seeing. In Padua you will not want to miss "Cappella degli Scrovegni" with wall to wall frescoes by Giotto. This work of art is considered to be the beginning of the Renaissance.
The Venetian Villas: The hinterland of Venice is famous for the numerous villas (apparently more than 3.000) built between the 15th and the 19th century by whealthy venetians. Some of them are open to the public, for instance Villa Barbaro in Maser, Villa Emo in Fanzolo, and the Villa La Rotonda just outside Vicenza. Other interesting villas are the Villa Valmarana with frescoes by Tiepolo, the Catajo Castle and Villa Barbarigo which has a baroque garden with boxwood labyrinth.
The wines of the estate: The wine of this estate has increasingly been winning accolades from leading wine critics all over the world. In 2008 one of their wines was awarded the highest Italian qualification, the "tre bicchieri" (three glasses) of the guide Gambero Rosso Slow Food. Guests can taste and buy the wines on the premises (special rates for guests).
The Spas at Abano: The town of Abano Terme lies 2 km from Montecchia. In Abano water rich in minerals rises to the surface at a temperature of 70° to 80°C. A half or full day at one of the many spas is a wonderful way to recuperate your inner strength.
Sports: Adjacent to the estate is an 18-hole golf course designed by Tom McCaulay, Chairman of the British Association of Golf Course Architects. Two further 18 hole golf clubs are in the near surroundings, both at a distance of 15 minutes by car. A large outdoor pool belongs to the Golf Club and is available for the guests four days a week. Furthermore La Veneziana has a private pool (see photo gallery). A tennis club lies only 1 km down the road from the estate.
Other activities: In the wide open spaces of the estate upon request it is possible to organize the following activities: trekking and horse riding, cultural events connected to the rural life, concerts, exibitions, shows, trade fair.
Our Guests Reviews
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 3 x 6m
- Internet WIFI connection
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- Mobile phone
- Washing machine and dryer
- Large fridge with freezer
- Ice cube machine
- Gas hob, large oven
- Electric kettle
- Machine for American coffee
- Food processor
- Large toaster
- Iron and ironing board
- Hair dryers in all bathrooms
- Safe parking within the estate
Air conditioning: The two ground floor bedrooms have high quality mobile air conditioning machines. To use them the tube of the machine has to be let out of an ajar window. The upper floor bedrooms have built in a/c. The smaller bedrooms have high quality mobile a/c.
Heating: The villa’s heating is supplied by the estate’s own cutting edge photovoltaic solar power plant.
Selvazzano Dentro, the next village 1 km
Abano 5 km
Padua 11 km
Vicenza 30 km
Rovigo 30 km
Venice 40 km
Asolo 65 km
Ferrara 80 km
Verona 85 km
Mantua 120 km
Visit the wine estate, cultural sightseeing, visit the famous Palladio villas, golf, tennis, restaurant with a Michelin star.
Tennis some hundret metres
Golf some hundret metres
Spa Abano Terme 5 km
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
Choose your holiday home
1 living room
1 dining room
1 monumental double bedroom with bathroom (tub + shower)
1 monumental double bedroom with en suite bathroom (with tub, there is a shower tap but you can not hang it)
1 drawing room with TV, DVD and stereo sound system
2 monumental double bedrooms, each with bathroom (one has tub + shower, one just shower)
1 single bedroom
1 double bedroom
1 single bedroom
1 bathroom (tub + shower)
1 breakfast room
1 bathroom (shower)
1 changing room and shower
Italian garden surrounding the house, the vineyards of the estate are beyond
Jacuzzi-pool (3 x 6 m) with acqua massage and counter-current system in a clearing in the grounds of the villa
Comfortable garden furniture
Garage for up to four cars
Weekly rates in €
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In mid and low season special prices for smaller groups (8 or 10 people). In low season special prices for shorter rentals (3 days minimum).
- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Change of linen every 3/4 days
- Pool towels
- Air conditioning
- Internet WIFI connection
- A full time in-house staff guardian
- Daily cleaning of the villa and terraces
- Final cleaning
- Pool cleaning
- Garden maintenance
Heating to be paid on the premises.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
- Welcome dinner
- Cook for lunch and dinners during the week
- First shopping
- Extra household help
- Extra set of towels
- Laundry service
- Babysitting upon request
- Airport transfers can be arranged.
“Basic service" included in the rent for weekly rentals: The basic treatment includes a full time in-house guardian, a daily cleaning of the villa and terraces, a change of bed, bath and swimming pool linens every 3/4 days.
The guardian will furthermore be responsible to open the villa in the mornings, close it when guests leave the house, in case of sudden bad weather and in the evenings.
Breakfast for 6 to 12 guests: Eur 25 per person/ day. The rate is valid for a buffet continental breakfast, served between 8.30am and 10am, including: bread, butter, jams, honey, a selection of Italian cheese and cold cuts, eggs according to your wishes, croissants/pastries, fresh fruit juice, yogurt, muesli and other cereals, hot/cold milk, a selection of teas, coffee.
Supplies: Basic supplies are available for free, such as mineral water (sparkling and still), vinegar, various spices, paper napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, soaps and shampoo.
Wine tasting: The estate produces several excellent wines which have won prestigious awards throughout the world. It would be our pleasure to organize upon request a wine tasting at the wine shop, and a visit to the farm and our rural tools collection.
Linens: Finest embroidered bed linen from Apulia, a set of 3 bath towels per person, towel bathrobe, pool towels, table cloths, napkins, and kitchen towels.
- Reservation are preferred from Saturday to Saturday.
- Pool opening dates: beginning June - mid of September
Luxurious 15th-century villa located in the center of a village - Class listed/landmarked building
- Sleeps 12+8 Guests
- Bedrooms 10 Bedrooms
- Bathrooms 8 Bathrooms
- Floor area sq m 2000 m2 m2